Michigan Governor Apologizes For Flint Water Crisis, Will Release Emails

In recent weeks, he declared a state of emergency, pledged more state funding, activated about 70 National Guardsmen to help distribute lead tests, filters and bottled water, and successfully sought $5 million in federal assistance.

He says the state's $575 million budget surplus is a good start.

"Additionally, Governor Snyder failed to fully explain how the State would make up for the financial hardship forced onto the City of Flint and its residents".

Snyder has been criticized for his handling of the crisis.

Even though protesters have repeatedly called for him to resign, he has resisted.

Snyder also addressed other issues during the speech, like the cash-strapped Detroit schools and the need to improve roads.

The fierce criticisms forced Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to fight back, at first criticizing others for "politicizing the issue" - before himself calling the situation a "disaster". "Tell me what democracy looks like!" Enlarge Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Four percent of Flint's children have been poisoned by lead in the city's water.

The request was sent Tuesday to the chairs of the Michigan House and Senate Appropriations committees.

Experts say that water treatment would have prevented 90% of the problems with Flint's water.

The EPA on Tuesday accused MI state officials of "failures and resistance" in working with the federal government "in a forthright, transparent and proactive manner consistent with the seriousness of the risks to public health".

'More has to be done and we have to reach out in every possible direction, ' Goodman said at a press conference. That's why 500 more residents joined a class action lawsuit yesterday seeking damages.

Exposure to lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in children and kidney ailments in adults.

The Flint River had long had a reputation for nastiness when the state made the switch, and a 2011 study had found that before water from the Flint River could be considered potable, it would need to be treated with an anti-corrosion agent, a measure that would have cost the state about $100 a day.

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Today, the governor's reputation for can-do accomplishment has been shredded by the water crisis in Flint.

The debacle in Flint began after the governor-appointed emergency manager in 2013 inked a deal to stop buying water from Detroit in order to save money.

President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Saturday for Flint, Michigan, that clears the way for federal aid for the city, which is undergoing a drinking water crisis.

Weaver was at the White House on a previously scheduled trip with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, though earlier Tuesday she met with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to discuss the crisis.

"Given the significant public health equities that are involved, it makes sense that somebody from HHS would play this role", said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will coordinate the federal response to the crisis.

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